Does Rita Crundwell Deserve A Pension?

Dec 12, 2014

Former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell could be eligible to receive a large sum of money when she leaves prison. WNIJ's Jenna Dooley spoke with Sauk Valley Media's Matt Mencarini who has been reporting on the case.

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He says Crundwell's attorney recently filed a motion in federal court arguing that her client should not have $90,565.86 in pension funds taken by the government.

Part of the reason, according to Crundwell's attorney, is that the city already recovered nearly all of its losses.

Dixon Mayor Jim Burke wrote a letter to Judge Philip Reinhard to object to any money going to Crundwell.

Crundwell is currently serving a 19 year prison sentence in Minnesota. She is expected to be released at the age of 77.

According to Sauk Valley Media, the government has until Dec. 19 to reply to Crundwell's motion.

Update on Crundwell Loans

Also this week, the newspaper reported between November 2008 and January 2012, Crundwell loaned former City Engineer Shawn Ortgiesen and his wife, Angela, $182,862.

The interest rate was set at 4 percent, according to a turnover motion filed Wednesday in federal court. The motion says the Ortgiesens defaulted on the loans.

This week: interest started to accrue as the government prepares to collect the debt.